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UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Appoints First Assistant Dean of MBA Program, Admissions

stephanie_haasThe Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has appointed Stephanie Fujii as assistant dean of the full-time MBA program and admissions, a newly created position, the school announced last week. Fujii, a 2004 Haas alumna, has worked at Haas for the past nine years, most recently as executive director of full-time MBA admissions.

Fujii was appointed to this newly created role by Haas Dean Rich Lyons, effective August 1st. She now oversees both the full-time MBA admissions and the full-time MBA program offices. Continue reading…

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Admissions Director Q&A : Philippe Oster of HEC Paris

Philippe_OsterOur continuing series of interviews with admissions directors at top business schools takes us this week to France, where we connected with Philippe Oster. Oster is the director of communication, development and admissions at HEC Paris. In this role, he is charged with directing and coordinating the activities of all three departments, including ensuring the quality and integrity of the admissions process and attracting the best candidates to HEC from an international pool of MBA applicants.

Before stepping into his current role at HEC Paris in 2009, Oster served as the head of international admissions for the education division of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There he had oversight of international student recruitment for France’s five top business schools, HEC Paris, ESCP Europe, EMLYON, Audencia and Skema. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Entrepreneurship Offerings at Tepper

Hello again and welcome to this week’s Trivia Tuesday, in which we spotlight program elements that differentiate the leading business schools from their peers. Today we’re taking a look into the Clear Admit School Guide to the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University to share with you an excerpt about the MBA program’s opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.

“Tepper’s aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to take advantage of the academic and extracurricular offerings of the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship in Organizations MBA Track, the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership speaker series and the McGinnis Venture Competition are all products of this lively branch of the Tepper community. When the center was founded in 1972, it was one of the first institutions in the world to teach entrepreneurship in an academic setting. Since that time, it has dedicated itself to helping students learn the skills necessary to turn their business ideas into realities through courses on strategy, venture development and funding. Recently, the Jones Center has focused increasingly on the function of technology and the growing prevalence of new ventures in the life science industry. Continue reading…

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Admissions Tip: Know Your Audience

As Round 1 deadlines approach fast, applicants are coming to understand that applying to business school is an incredibly demanding process.  In addition to taking the GMAT, assembling academic transcripts and providing recommendation letters, candidates are required to draft multiple essays, job descriptions, lists of activities and more.

With the obvious incentive to save time wherever possible, it’s understandable that many applicants simply cut and paste content from an existing resume and write about their work in the manner that comes most naturally.  However, in doing so, countless candidates each year assemble their materials without ever asking a fundamental question:

Who will read my application? Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Einstein’s Dilemma

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the business school blogosphere. Albert Einstein once said that “the only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once.” Yet there is one month every year when time does not seem to fulfill its purpose. Yes, we are speaking of business school deadlines. This week, applicants kick it into high-gear as the deadlines close in, while current students enjoy the many exciting opportunities open to them at business school.  Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to August’s last take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we summarize the latest posts from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, enjoyed meeting several prospective MBA students in South America this week. The Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, shared what Darden is doing to prepare women for leadership in business. Following a strategy session on markets and customers, the Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount, announced some more offerings in data analytics are slated for the MBA program. Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, plugged upcoming guests for the Dean’s Speaker Series. Continue reading…

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Yale School of Management Reports Record-Setting Diversity of Class of 2016

yale_2016As leading MBA programs welcome students from the Class of 2016 to campus, many have been eager to share just how diverse those classes are. Earlier this week we reported on Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and today it’s Yale School of Management’s (SOM) turn.

In a post to Yale SOM’s MBA Blog earlier this month, Yale SOM Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Director Bruce Delmonico shared that its incoming class is among the most diverse in the school’s history. “Thirty-nine percent of the class is from outside the United States, representing 35 different countries, while 37 percent are women, 25 percent U.S. minorities and 13 percent U.S. underrepresented minorities,” he wrote. “All of these numbers are at or near historic highs for the school,” he added. Continue reading…

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Praise for the Clear Admit Guides and the MBA Planner App

One of our newest contributors to Fridays From the Frontline, texaswannabecali recently shared her thoughts about the Clear Admit Fuqua School Guide, which she refers to as a “one stop shop.”  Here are some highlights from her blog:

“It lays a really good foundation of organized info on which you can build upon by allowing you to spend more time researching the details that are most relevant to you…I actually learned a lot about Fuqua that I hadn’t even thought to research or look into.”

texaswannabecali wraps up her review by saying, “I would highly suggest getting a copy,” and goes on to give her readers some insight into Clear Admit’s MBA Planner App:

“I especially find this useful for the essays such as Duke’s ’25 Random Things.’ I tend to forget the so-called interesting things I’ve experienced in my 24 years of life when put on the spot to actually list them, so I like the fact that when I randomly think of something, I can just whip out my phone and make a note.”

With Round 1 deadlines just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to do school research and get organized!  All 27 Clear Admit School Guides are available for immediate download in the Clear Admit Shop and you can find the MBA Planner App in the iTunes App Store.

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Harvard Business School Admissions Director on GMAT vs. GRE

dee_leopoldHarvard Business School (HBS) has stated publicly for some time that it accepts both the GMAT and the GRE and does not prefer one over the other. In a bid to be even more transparent on the issue, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a recent post on her Director’s Blog to the matter.

To substantiate the claim that the school is agnostic in terms of a preference between the two tests, Leopold chose to reveal exactly how many applicants submitted each type of test score, along with how many of those applicants were ultimately admitted and matriculated. While the vast majority of applicants opted to submit GMAT scores, the percentage of matriculating admits as compared to total applicants broken out by test were within close range. Continue reading…

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